Older woman and young boy cleaning pews in the parish, wearing masks

Parish Vitality & Stewardship

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" 1 Peter 4:10 picture of Cardinal Collins

Our parishes are our spiritual homes where we come to worship God, encounter Christ in the Holy Eucharist, pray, and meet with one another as a parish community. A vibrant parish is one that is filled with good stewards who seek to grow in holiness and become saints by serving God and one another.

To help us serve well, God has entrusted us with many gifts, the most important of which is time. As each of us spends only a brief time in this world preparing for our eternal life with God, what we do while here is very important. Another great gift God has given us is our talents. Joy in life comes from using our gifts creatively and fruitfully for the glory of God and in the service of our neighbour, and from celebrating the differing gifts of the people around us.

A good steward, then, is someone who receives God's gifts gratefully, develops those gifts responsibly, shares those gifts lovingly in justice with others, and makes a return with interest to the Lord, while encouraging others to do the same.

This is the spirit of deep stewardship, the fruit of which is vibrant parishes.

Deep stewardship is a spirituality that requires continual conversion and carries with it accountability. As Cardinal Collins wrote in his Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, “Jesus will come at the end of time, whenever that will be, and each of us will stand before the Lord at the end of our life to give an account of our stewardship. That can happen at any moment and we need to be ready.”

Cardinal Collins has identified deep stewardship as an important pastoral priority for the Archdiocese of Toronto. The concept is woven throughout our Pastoral Plan. As such, this website has been created to share key teachings, resources, and prayers for use by the Catholic community. May we embrace this opportunity to share our time and talents in abundance in thanksgiving for all that has been entrusted to us.

Should you require additional information or resources on stewardship, please contact Quentin Schesnuik at 416-934-3400, ext. 568 or quentins@archtoronto.org.


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